Peak Organic Brewing Company - Happy Hour
- ABV: 4.7%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 15
- Serving Temperature: 42-47º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass
- Malts: Pale, Wheat
- Hops: Citra
Peak’s Happy Hour presents a bright straw color in the glass, with good clarity and a bright head of white foam. Brewed with Citra hops, this pilsner embraces an American character, leading to aromas of citrus zest along with some floral overtones and some spicy elements. In the flavor, we get a tasty malt core offering a good dose of crackery and bready character. Look for those hops to come through much as they did in the aroma, with an amalgam of citrus zest, spice, and floral notes, and the bitterness, while low in IBUs, comes across plenty firm for this dry, well-attenuated brew. Crisp, clean, and refreshing in the finish, this pils will prove quite food-friendly. We’d steer towards a margherita flatbread with fresh basil, tomatoes, and garlic; shrimp scampi; fish & chips; or lemon pepper chicken. Cheers!
Given its small population, Maine is home to a surprising number of craft breweries, such as Allagash, Geary’s, and Shipyard, just to name a few. The state just knows good beer, and we’re very enthused to bring you another great producer, Peak Organic Brewing Company, which, as the name suggests, is one of a handful of breweries devoted to producing USDA Certified Organic beer. The brewery was founded by Baltimore native Jon Cadoux, whose homebrewing experience stretches back to his college years in the late ‘90s. It was during that time that he discovered the merits of both organic food and beer, and how much better they tasted to both himself and his homebrewing brother Mike and their friends. After graduating from Harvard with an MBA, and surrounded by supportive friends and family, Jon took the leap and founded Peak Organic Brewing Company in 2005.
Peak’s focus is not simply on organic beer (produced with organically grown grain and hops), they’re dedicated to sustainability and purchasing their malts, hops, and other ingredients from local farmers and producers who share their philosophy. They’ve collaborated on beers with Taza, a producer of hand-crafted bean-to-bar chocolate, as well as Coffee By Design, a local artisanal coffee roaster. In fact, their Espresso Amber Ale became the first Fair Trade Certified beer in the US. To highlight local production and to showcase the effects of regional terroir on a finished beer, Peak released their very unique “Local Series” beers, a set of four brews with identical recipes but featuring malts and hops produced in just one particular state, either Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, or New York. To learn more about Peak, visit their website at www.peakbrewing.com.
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